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Oh my friends, He comes, He comes!

Posted by Ann, December 24, 2013

Can you let go of the protective covering around your tender hearts? Can you let the shopping and the parties and the baking and the busyness be still now? 

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Make It Manifest!

Posted by Heather, December 18, 2013

This blog is based on the homily I preached at the 8:00 am service on December 15, 2013.

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A Healthy Advent

Posted by Pierce, December 11, 2013

You remember that business about your body being God’s temple? This Advent, perhaps we can be kind to our bodies so that we may better enjoy the spiritual gifts that God is trying to send our way. Here is some advice I came across recently that could benefit many of us as we approach the season of Advent.

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Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding

Posted by Jason, December 4, 2013

It would not bother me at all if Advent lasted significantly longer that it presently does. A friend and colleague asked me last week if I was ever able to really do the music I want during Advent. I told him that I didn’t because of the time crunch in preparing for Christmas, the reality that many choir members are gone during the month of December, preparing for Lessons and Carols, etc. He stated that he felt exactly the same way.

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Non-Judgment Day Is Coming!

Posted by Ann, December 1, 2013

I saw recently on Facebook a poster that had a beautiful sunrise and the words, Non-Judgment Day is Coming! My first impulse was to laugh. This is so different from the image of a doom and gloom judgment day where the world ends and only the righteous will be saved. But then I started to think how much judgment we participate in every day.

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Strength for your Spiritual Journey

Posted by Heather, November 21, 2013

Last night, I had the joy of attending the Pay it Forward dinner at the final session of the fall Covenant Class. Members of the current Covenant Class were there to enjoy a dinner provided by the leaders and members of the most recent Covenant Class. There was a great buzz of conversation before and during dinner as old friends checked in with each other and new friends shared more about their day-to-day lives. A pregnancy was celebrated. A new job and the search for an Episcopal church closer to a new home were discussed. Networking happened. There was laughter, smiles, and joy.

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Your Christ Church Family

Posted by Pierce, November 13, 2013

There are a thousand ways to give back to God.  You work hard for your money and why not get a little joy by giving to the less fortunate? But what if we gave a little more blindly than simply picking your favorite low-overhead, high-impact charity? 

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On Being

Posted by Jason, November 6, 2013

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am NOT good at waking up early in the morning. I could naturally sleep every day until 11 a.m. I suspect. Obviously, that is NOT an option on Sunday mornings. We have a meeting each Sunday at 7:30 a.m. to discuss the liturgies for the day and to make sure all of the clergy are prepared for their specific duties. So, as painful as it is, I actually enjoy being up early on Sunday and driving to church because I really love listening to Krista Tippett’s show, On Being, on NPR. The guests seem to cross the entire spectrum of belief. This past Sunday, she had on an atheist who eventually got around to talking about all of the good things that can come from religion.

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Don't Look Away

Posted by Ann, October 30, 2013

I saw the movie 12 Years a Slave over the weekend.  Based on a true story, it tells of a freed black man, Solomon Northup, living in Saratoga, NY, before the Civil War. A talented fiddler, he is lured to Washington, DC with the promise of work. Instead, he is kidnapped and taken to New Orleans where he is sold into slavery. 

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Baptism, (Christening), and Confirmation

Posted by Heather, October 24, 2013

I was baptized when I was about six months old. I don’t remember it, obviously, but I have heard the stories. Somewhere, there is an old reel to reel audiotape of the service where I was (apparently) screaming my little head off. I do, however, remember my confirmation service well. I was a senior in high school and was confirmed by the Bishop in the very small chapel at my school. The cross I wear every day was given to me by my grandparents on that day.

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